. with election day just 32 days away, both sides realize how important it s -- it is. first came the numbers. the unemployment rate fell. it's down from 142,000 in august but on par with what many economists predicted. then came the reaction. >> this morning we found that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest rate since i took office. >> reporter: the president cited the report as evidence his policies is working. >> today's news is not an excuse to talk down the economy to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: romney has been critical of the white house, failing to get it below 8%. >> unemployment above 8%. >> reporter: today without the benchmark romney found areas to fault the opponent. >> the unemployment rate has come down very, very slowly. the reason it has come down is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have stopped looking for work. >> reporter: also if elected, mitt romney is promising to add 12 million jobs. by the way, the next jobs report comes out the friday before election day.